Year 3

Welcome to the wonderful world of Year 3!  We have three Year 3 classes at The Discovery School.  You can find out more about what is going on in the individual classes on their individual webpages by clicking on the links below.  On this page you can find out general information and top tips that are relevant for all children in the year group.

Life in Year 3 in full of excitement. This is the year at The Discovery School that the children have the opportunity to:


  • Have swimming as part of their PE lessons!
  • Start to learn to speak French
  • Earn the much coveted "Pen Licence" – when their handwriting is immaculate!
  • As well as, participate in the annual Year Three theatre trip.


Throughout the year we look at the following cross-curricular topics:

  • "Coastal Explorers"- we look at marine habitats around the world!
  • "Roald Dahl" - a favourite topic for both staff and children where, for a whole term, we immerse ourselves in everything Roald Dahl!
  • "Saxons, Sagas and Settlers" - we learn all about Saxons, Vikings and how and why people settle in different areas
  • "What a Wonderful World" - a look at biomes and climates around the world.


The children will be expected to complete the following homework every week:

  • Daily reading at home,
  • Practising the week’s spellings and completing an activity to aid them with their learning of these,
  • Times tables practise.

The weekly spelling lists will be given out on a termly basis.  A list of activities to help the children learn these will accompany the sheet.  The children must choose one activity a week to complete and bring in as evidence of their learning. 


Swimming place takes place on a Tuesday afternoon.  Each class goes swimming at Larkfield for two terms during the year.  Curie class are going during terms 1 and 2.  Nightingale class will be going during term 3 and term 4.  Pasteur class will be going in terms 5 and 6.  On the days that they go swimming, they will need a named towel, swimming costume and a hair brush or comb.  We strongly recommend that the children are also provided with a set of goggles.  All of this should be brought in a suitable waterproof bag.

Useful Information

Click on the links below to access online copies of classroom documents:

Reading Guidelines for Parents
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Useful Questions for Supporting Reading Development
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Year 3 Provision Map
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Term 6 Spellings
Term 6 spellings 2017.pdf
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Suggested Spelling Support Activities
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Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet
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Blank Wordsearch
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Meet the Teacher
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Term 6 Reading Challenge
Term 6 reading challenge.pdf
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